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5:30 PM ET, October 18, 2006


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Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence  —  Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.  —  In a blow to the country's estimated 5 million internet users …
Staci /
Earnings: YHOO: Semel Promises; Panama Launches; Social Media Delivers  —  Yahoo Chairman & CEO Terry Semel didn't exactly say "please, sir, may I have another" during Tuesday's lengthy earnings call but he did start the conversation with a quasi act of contrition.
Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  The iPod/iPhone rumour mill is something so clouded that as TR News Ed I made the executive decision to circumvent the vast majority of it a long time ago, but yesterday I had a conversation with an extremely well informed exec which I'm going to share.
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Universal sues video-sharing websites  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record company, has launched the established media industry's first legal action against user-generated internet sites in the wake of its distribution deal last week with YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website.
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules  —  THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.  —  The European Commission proposal would require websites …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust  —  Google is pushing full steam ahead with their office strategy, and their hope is to convince a lot of individuals and businesses to trust Google enough to store their documents on Google's servers instead of their own computers, or servers under their control.
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
T@lkster: A New Voice 2.0 Company  —  The preferred attack point for cellular VoIP plays today seems to be disintermediating mobile long distance from the handset.  For the last few weeks I've been playing with and alpha release of T@lkster, a new Voice 2.0 offering which does exactly that.
Discussion: Realtime Community and VoIP Watch
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Dodgeball goes Gauth, reveals GOOG's masterplan to p0wn your ass  —  Don't say I didn't warn you, but now when you try to log into your favorite neighborhood spyware, you'll be greeted by a prompt to login with either your old skool Dodgeball account credentials or your Gauth account …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zimbra: 4 Million Paid Mailboxes and Counting  —  What do Digg, Mozilla, the University of Bern Switzerland and the Times of India have in common?  According to an announcement today, they are all among the 1000+ customers of web based open source communication and collaboration suite Zimbra.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toy Quest intros Rip Roar Video Free PMP / PVR for kids  —  Joining the seemingly endless amount of toys that adults wish they had as children is a kid-friendly portable media player / PVR designed to keep 10-year olds satisfied while their teenage peers sport iPods.
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Robustyoungsoul / Soul Kerfuffle:
The View From the Top  —  The top of what you ask?  The height of World of Warcraft greatness.  —  A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine quit playing Warcraft.  He was a council member on what is now one of the oldest guilds in the world, the type of position coveted by many of the 7 million people …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2.0 Review  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  Disclaimer: Alex's company AdaptiveBlue has a product called The blueorganizer, which is a Firefox extension.  —  In this post, we take a look at what the Firefox team is going to deliver in their upcoming major release: Firefox 2.0.
BuzzSkyline / Physics Buzz:
Getting a Grip on the World's Smallest Robotic Hand  —  The world's smallest robotic hand, which can make a fist that can grasp objects smaller than a millimeter across, has been developed by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin(CJ) Kim of UCLA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department .
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple's Xserve Xeon: Built to fall apart  —  A couple of weeks ago, Apple invited me to its campus to get a close-up look at Apple's Xserve Xeon.  It is a marvel of physical design, so much so that I find that it implausible that Xserve Xeon and Xserve G5 could have been designed by the same company.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Turning your laptop into HDTV  —  reporter's notebook In this age of slick plasma sets and mobile television, a new device marries the high-tech TV experience with a bygone era—a time when getting good reception meant fiddling with rabbit ears.  —  The $179 OnAir GT by start-up AutumnWave …
Discussion: 1080eye, CrunchGear and digg
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI director wants ISPs to track users
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sun's Project Blackbox — datacenter in a container
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Battlefield 2142 employ spies in your PC
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Apple Sells Infected iPods, Blames Microsoft
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Cornell University Library announces partnership with Microsoft …
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 Earlier Items: 
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Music Companies Sue 8,000 More in Anti-Sharing Fight
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to recall own batteries
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
Mike / Techdirt:
Removing Features Is Not An Upgrade
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and TechSpot
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Aeropause
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Goodbye LG Chocolate, hello Shine!
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
'DNA computer' is unbeatable at tic-tac-toe
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Spamhaus appeals possible shutdown ruling
Discussion: Techdirt, Infothought and TechSpot
Sprint Nextel Teams With QUALCOMM and Lucent Technologies …